On 18 July 1966 President of Ireland Éamon de Valera officially opened the new Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

From the stage at the Abbey Theatre President de Valera delivers his opening address and expresses on behalf of the people of Ireland their good wishes for the future of the theatre. De Valera took his place among a distinguished audience at the official opening of the new building exactly fifteen years to the day since the old Abbey building was destroyed by fire.

A special presentation titled 'Recall the Years' was devised to mark the opening of the new theatre. The new theatre occupies the site of the old theatre and seats 100 more people. The building is four stories high with the stage rising 73 feet above ground.  

This footage was broadcast as part of an RTÉ News report on 18 July 1966.


This mute footage shows people gathering outside the new Abbey Theatre including Eamonn Andrews, and Lord Mayor Alderman Eugene Timmons. As President de Valera arrives he is greeted by Ernest Blythe. This footage was broadcast as part of an RTÉ News report on 18 July 1966.


RTÉ Guide, 15 July 1966
RTÉ Guide, 15 July 1966

The New Abbey Theatre Opens and is featured on the cover of the RTÉ Guide.